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Taxidermy of Iceland Polar Bears Completed

Two taxidermists from Akureyri completed yesterday the taxidermy of the two polar bears that were killed in Skagafjördur, northwest Iceland last summer. The polar bears will be sent back to and displayed in the region where they swam ashore.

The animals belong to the Iceland Institute of Natural History, but according to agreements, the polar bear that was killed on Mt. Thverárfjall will be displayed in the Natural History Center of Northwest Iceland in Saudárkrókur and the smaller bear, that was killed by the farm Hraun on Skagi peninsula, in the Sea Ice Center in Blönduós, Morgunbladid reports.

The larger animal was an almost 22-year-old male and turned out to be much older than believed at first, as concluded after an examination undertaken by veterinarian Karl Skírnisson at the University of Iceland’s Institute for Experimental Pathology in Keldur, south Iceland. Polar bears rarely get older than 25.

The smaller female bear, the second polar bear to swim ashore, was younger, 12 or 13-years-old. The female bear was exhausted and on the brink of death. It didn’t feed on anything during its 24 hours ashore, despite there being plenty of eggs in the nesting grounds where it was staying.

Both polar bears were unusually small and among the smallest animals measured of the East-Greenlandic polar bear stock. They are believed to have swum or drifted on floes of ice from East Greenland to Iceland. Iceland is not a natural habitat for polar bears.

Click here to read more about the fate of the polar bears.

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